ERIC Number: ED449767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Probation and Suspension: Impact Study of Retention Policy.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
This report examines the effects of increasing retention standards on the percentage of students on student academic probation, suspension, persistence, and graduation rates for students in the Oklahoma State System of higher education. The State Regents adopted higher student retention standards between 1991 and 1993. The standards increased gradually by reducing the number of total credit hours attempted at a designated grade point average level. Student records showed that the number of undergraduate students, excluding seniors, suspended at all tier levels increased from 1989-1990 to 1993-1994 when the retention policy was fully implemented, decreased the following year, and then fluctuated through 1998-1999. The rates in 1998-1999 are slightly higher than those of 1988-1989. The percentage of male undergraduates suspended was higher than the percentage of female students in all three tiers. Generally, the percentage of undergraduate students suspended was highest for black students and lowest for nonresident alien students in all three tiers from 1989-1990 through 1998-1999. Findings also show that undergraduate students with higher ACT scores are less likely to be suspended. The results of the study confirm the expected initial increase in the percentage of students suspended, followed by declining suspension rates. The higher retention standards did not change the historic distributions among racial and gender groups, and, persistence and graduation rates are generally improving. An appendix contains an excerpt from the state's admission policy. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Academic Probation, Expulsion, Higher Education, School Holding Power, Suspension, Undergraduate Students
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, State Capitol Complex, 500 Education Building, Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4500. Tel: 405-524-9180.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma